Illustrator

Deke's Techniques: The Illustrator Challenge Winners!

Who the hell told you that you were any good at Illustrator?? Well, if you entered Deke's Techniques: The Illustrator Challenge, whoever they were, they were right! In fact, as a whole, the 11 entries we received for The Illustrator Challenge were even better than those we received for The Photoshop Challenge. Which is saying a lot. As I plowed through the movies, it seemed like each one just kept getting better than the last. Which made for some very difficult choices.

But as usual, I had my crack team of illustrious judges to help me out. And as a team, we came up with the following winners.

Grand Prize: Monogram Snowflake

Coming in at Number One is Deanne Topping (pingtop), who will receive $6300 in prizes, including Creative Suite 6: Design & Web Premium. In her honor, I employed her technique, "Monogram Snowflake," to render my own swirly rune. My one addition was to reverse my first initial from the center of the snowflake. (Or perhaps it's in honor of Deanne? I'll never tell ;-)

The Illustrator Challenge presents the my personalized monogram

Why did she win? You mean, in addition to the fact I could do that with her idea? Well, I'll tell ya. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 85: Designing a Seamlessly Repeating Hex Pattern in Illustrator CS6

Deke's Techniques 85: Designing a Hex Pattern in Illustrator CS6

By now, a few of you may be using Illustrator CS6. In which case, you have access to the new Pattern Options panel, which---among other things---allows you to create hex patterns. By which I mean, patterns that are organized into hexagonal tiles instead of the regular old rectangular ones. And it designs the patterns seamlessly, with remarkably little planning on your part.

Here's the official description from lynda.com: Read more » 

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Smart Nautilus

Author: 
chiehanshop
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Anything Goes!
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Create a smart nautilus in Illustrator CS5 by using the spiral tool and transform filter. Use a suitable gradient with leaves trees or stars for decoration. 

Deke's Techniques, The Final Challenge: Anything Goes

Hey gang,

Deke's Techniques: The Challenge has officially entered its final phase, in which I invite you to create a video on anything you want. I call it Anything Goes.

Deke's Techniques: The Anything Goes Challenge

I like this graphic that I created because it leaves so much to the imagination. What could that word with the asterisks (*) be? I think it means "shuck-e-darns" but, alas, I'm not a good speller. Read more » 

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Spooky Halloween

Author: 
amrosenthal
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Illustrator Challenge
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A fun, fast, fall pumpkin illustration that includes a quick and easy way to make spooky lettering.

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